Douglas Laing Glen Spey Tasting Notes

Posted: August 26, 2011 in Glen Spey, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Spey 1997 (14 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Dist: Feb 1997 Btl: Apr 2011/ Tasted: Apr 2011

A very oily nose with freshly cut grass, turpentine and earthy malt along with some old wood notes and hints of burning leaves. The palate is fresh and citrusy with the oils building along with some grass, malt and honey. Quite a spicy middle with hints of marc and lots of bitter oak which shortens although the spices still hang in there though.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Spey 1997 (14 year old) 50%

Bourbon Cask: DL6955/ Dist: Feb 1997 Btl: Feb 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

Quite a high toned and gristy nose with plenty of sharp citrus. Very clean with hints of caramel, grass and a developing perfumed note.

The palate is pleasantly citric, a bit on the fizzy side with hints of spice, vanilla and barley. Like the nose it is clean, fresh and grassy. To me it seems reminiscent of a very ripe Sauvignon Blanc. Not overly endowed in the complexity department but the finish keeps on rolling.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Spey 1986 (25 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2154/ Dist: Nov 1986 Btl: Apr 2012/ Tasted: Apr 2012

The nose opens with spicy apple, clove, aniseed and a touch of manure. Slightly balsamic with hints of citrus below. Some mature oak puts in an appearance and then promptly disappears! Old and a touch dry.

Quite light on the palate. Old cream and citrus with a touch of pepper. It becomes quite milky towards the middle with a slight herbal honey note but that’s quickly curtailed by the bittering oak. Yes, it has some pleasant, sweet, crunchy, sugary bits, which attempt to balance but again one is left with the feeling that this is a bit long in the tooth.


Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Spey 1999 (15 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0095/ Dist: Apr 1999 Btl: Apr 2014/ Tasted: May 2014

A pleasant, light honeyed and herbal nose with hints of perfumed hyacinth and pollen. Slightly sherbety with time with some emerging fragrant barley.

The palate opens with some light syrup coated berry fruit and hints of burnt toffee, spice and citrus. Quite sweet and long. The sweetness increases in intensity in the finish and it ends rather sugary with a slight herbal nuance.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Spey 1999 (16 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Dist: Jan 1999 Btl: Oct 2015/ Code: OLD0194/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Crisp, citric and lightly herbal nose with hints of earth and vanilla.

The palate is soft and a little cardboardy with hints of citrus and earth. Short and drying finish.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Spey 1997 (18 year old) 48.4%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0351/ DL11336

Dist: Dec 1997 Btl: Sept 2016/ Tasted: Oct 2016

A lovely nose of fresh, ripe summer fruit, barley and grass. Beautifully aromatic with a touch of vanilla and honey. With time a little almost grain-like dried fruit appears.

The palate displays more barley character along with honey, white fruit, grass. Fuller than the nose suggest with a good crisp, mineral finish with lingering grass, vanilla and barley. Very pleasant.

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